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OPPORTUNITY FOR SA CARTOONISTS (article first published : 2004-08-6)

South African political cartoonists are invited to submit samples of work as application to join the British Council/Mail & Guardian D+10 Young Cartoonists Project.

This Political Cartooning project forms part of the of the D+10 campaign running in 2004 as a contribution from the UK to South Africa's celebration of 10 years of democracy. D+10 Project is a partnership between the British High Commission, British Council and U.K. Trade and Industry.

The cartooning project aims to identify new talent in South Africa and Britain by offering a competition to cartoonists in both countries with a record of work in editorial cartooning. The minimum age is 18 but there is no upper limit. Cartoonists who are already established through media outlets are not eligible. The judging panel will be the sole arbiters of eligibility.

Candidates are invited to submit not less that three and not more than five cartoons, on A4 sheets, to be judged in August 2004. These should ideally be copies or originals of cartoons covering contemporary issues in black and white line drawing. The winning candidates will be selected on the basis of artistic and journalistic talent and their cartoons will focus on contemporary political, social or sporting issues. Entries that only offer caricature will not be considered. The picture must tell a story. These drawings will be judged by Jonathan Zapiro and Steve Bell, both internationally established editorial cartoonists, and by the editorial staff of the Main & Guardian and Sowetan.

The deadline for submissions will be August 13, 2004. Winning candidates will be expected to attend a function in Johannesburg on August 24 when their work will be exhibited and they will meet their fellow winners. There will be up to five winners.

Winning candidates will be provided with a two week visit to the United Kingdom, probably during the political party conference season in September or October 2004, and will have the opportunity to prepare a series of cartoons depicting their view of British political culture. They will be supported during this visit by Steve Bell, the internationally respected editorial cartoonist of the Guardian. There will be a reciprocal aspect to the project in which five British cartoonists will visit South Africa to draw their perspective on political life here. The output from these creative visits will then be exhibited in UK and South Africa in early 2005.

Work should be submitted in hard copy along with a letter providing details of the author, including name, date of birth, full contact details including telephone numbers and a brief career history to date. The cartoons and letter should be addressed to: The Cartoon Project, The British Council, PO Box 30637, Braamfontein 2017, South Africa.

Entries can also be delivered by hand to British Council offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. The Durban address is: British Council, The Marine 3rd Floor, 22 Gardiner St, Durban 4001.




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